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Why Jigawa Govt revoked allocation of houses to civil servants

By ALIYU DANGIDA

DUTSE — Facts have emerged that the decision of Jigawa State Government to revoke allocation of houses given to some civil servants at the Abubakar Rimi Housing Estate was sequel to request by two federal government agencies, who want to purchase the houses for their staff.

It was learnt that the Federal University Dutse, FUD, and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, intimated Governor Sule Lamido, to provide them with accommodation for their workers because of their presence in the state.

The governor was said to have told the two agencies that its government had unallocated houses for sale at Fatara Estate at the cost of N14m, N16m and N8.6m.

The two  agencies was said to have unanimously agreed to procure the house at that rate and Governor Sule Lamido, was said to have directed for the immediate stoppage of allocation to those that had not made any financial commitment in the house.

It was said that top government officials rejected the allocation due to what many described as “too expensive and low quality in building.”

Vanguard gathered that two weeks ago after the weekly executive council meeting, the state government announced the revocation of the sale of the houses allocated to occupants of Fatara Housing Estate who had not paid their 30% (N2.6m) initial deposit.

The unexpected announcement threw the occupants of the estate into confusion especially as it was done during fasting period.

However, those affected have started parking while new allotees have started bringing court summons to the old ones.

An occupant, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed they were the pioneer residents of the houses when government was desperately looking for people to occupy the houses.

“But now see what the government has done to us”, he said, describing the action as inhuman and capable  of  discouraging workers.


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